Hypothyroid occurs when the thyroid gland demonstrates under-active function. This can have a negative impact on many aspects of your overall health and wellness.
What causes it? The are many causes of hypothyroidism including genetics, stress and nutritional deficiencies specific to too low amounts of iodine consumption. Iodine is an essential element that helps the thyroid gland produce hormones.
What are the symptoms? The most common symptoms include fatigue (despite plenty of rest), constantly cold, weight gain, dry skin, brittle hair that falls out, depression and sometimes elevated cholesterol levels.
Some individuals have "normal" levels of thyroid hormone show up on their blood test results however still notice many hypothyroid symptoms. This is where optimal thyroid ranges are helpful to consider. If their TSH levels (thyroid stimulating hormone, released by the pituitary gland) are outside of this tighter range, then it is possible they have subclinical hypothyroidism. This can be treated very effectively with natural medicine, restoring better metabolism, mood and energy levels. See below for more information.
What are my treatment options?
Once individuals are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, they are typically prescribed man-made hormones (i.e. synthyroid or thyroxine) to make up for the decreased hormone levels. Once treatment is life-long because once a patient starts these medications, their thyroid gland shuts off its own hormone production (since it is no longer needed). Some individuals may need to have their thyroid gland surgically removed. Although these people will need to take hormones for the rest of their lives, they are typically able to live normal, healthy lives.
Complimentary healthcare options:
These include assessing ones blood work to identify the extent of the hypothyroidism (i.e. are the levels suboptimal, or in disease range?). Ones this is established, various treatment options are available. These include clinical nutritional plans by either a holistic nutritionist or naturopathic doctor and natural medicine prescriptions (herbal remedies or nutraceuticals) to restore essential mineral or anti-oxidant levels critical in thyroid hormone production. If needed, dessicated thyroid medication can also be prescribed by either Dr. Slipacoff, ND or Dr. Sachdev, ND.